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June 14, 2004

Leading Pictures: Taking A Dive

Today’s L.A. Times leads with a surreal photo of George Bush (the elder) skydiving. The crucial thing to understand is that he is descending in tandem with an army sergeant (that guy on top of him). As the caption explains: “Winds and clouds prevented Bush from jumping solo as part of his 80th birthday festivities.”

Given that we’re in an election cycle, and the entire Bush family took maximum advantage of last week’s Reagan Marathon, what political subtexts come along with this image? I’ll offer a few:

a.) Nothing ever goes according to plan with that family.

b.) I don’t see a lot of clouds, just a lot of excuses.

c.) Just so nobody forgets, Bush Sr. is the real flyer in the family

d.) The Bush’s take big leaps, but rarely do they come out on top.

e.) Everything is a photo op with these people.

f.) Must feel weird not to have Barbara on his back.

(image: newseum)

  • Tom Aylward

    This is the best one– combo of picture and verse–that I’ve seen in a while. It certainly deserves wider distribution and better exposure. Please bring this to Jim Lehrer and Jay Leno.

  • Tom Aylward

    This is the best one– combo of picture and verse–that I’ve seen in a while. It certainly deserves wider distribution and better exposure. Please bring this to Jim Lehrer and Jay Leno.

  • JC

    Looks like some heavy clouds in the bottom of the picture. Since you probably don’t know the first thing about skydiving please don;t spread false analysis of the subject. If one closely examines the picture you can see the big C’s appearing in the bottom of the photo. The picture was taken after exit.
    1SG JC Chartier
    MFFJM

  • JT

    In an interview with Larry King, ( last time I checked not part of the vast right wing conspiracy)George Bush’s parachute jump was planned WELL in advance of Reagan’s passing.
    Bush was asked about it and responded. Another example where the left makes up crap and tried to think they are funny, sad really. But hey, everyone has a purpose some just to lower the bar, this article lowers the bar, I thought leftists were supposed to be intellectual, go figure.

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